France Makes Its First Air Strikes in Syria, Seeks Global Action

France made its first air strikes in Syria based on intelligence collected from reconnaissance flights during the last two weeks and called for a political transformation in the war-torn country.

“Our country confirms its determined engagement to fight against the terrorist threat of Daesh,” the president’s office said in an e-mail statement today. “We’ll strike each time that our national security is in play.”

President Francois Hollande’s office called for a global response to violence in Syria. It will continue to work with all parties involved to support efforts by Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy.

De Mistura has been pressing to break the impasse in Syria’s civil war, which has killed 250,000 people. The envoy is assembling working groups of government and opposition figures for a process dubbed Geneva 3, after two inconclusive rounds of talks in the Swiss city.

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